If you are a true Espionage thriller geek, you must know about John Le Carré. John Le Carré is a spy thriller maestro who wrote a famous novel, The Night Manager, back in 1993. Furthermore, two of its visual adaptations have been made so far. The first one is the 2016 series, The Night Manager, filled with a main cast. Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, and Elizabeth Debicki are to name them. In addition to the Hollywood version, a Hindi version has also come out. Today, we are discussing The Night Manager review starring Aditya Roy Kapur, Anil Kapoor, Tillotama Shome, and Sobhita Dhulipala. Read on to have an honest review of this latest series.
The Night Manager Story
The plot of The Night Manager revolves around Shaan Senguta (Aditya Roy Kapur), an ex-navy Lieutenant who works as the night manager of a hotel. Shaan witnesses the murder of a young girl whom he could’ve saved while he’s working at a hotel in Dhaka. To say that this incident leaves a feeling of guilt within himself would not be so wrong. Furthermore, some years later, Shaan is recruited to spy on the man who was the reason behind the girl’s death. However, his life takes a crazy turn when he gets to know the dark secrets about Shelly (Anil Kapoor). Shelly is an influential arms dealer who is actually the man behind the girl’s death. How the story follows afterward? Watch the series to find out.
The Night Manager Review
Directed by Sandeep Modi and Priyanka Ghose, The Night Manager seems like a good show. However, it lacks many espionage elements and seems a bit bland. Furthermore, to say that the show inevitably suffers in comparison to its Hollywood counterpart would be a sheer understatement. What is noteworthy is that even though it is a remake, you can clearly see the flavor of the Indianess.
The show is, to some extent engaging and embeds thrilling dark secrets in the lives of arms dealers. Haunted by the Bangladeshi fiasco, the character of Aditya Roy Kapur is very unpredictable. Therefore, the show keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The great thing about Aditya’s character is that it didn’t entirely copy Tom Hiddleston’s character. It had its own mannerism. Furthermore, Anil Kapoor’s character also has the charm to captivate its audience. Saswata Chatterjee, BJ – Rungta’s oldest aide, and Tillotama Shome, a secret agent, also show their share of talent.
The bland part comes in because the break of each episode seems abrupt. Even though the writing is great, and so is the performance, it feels like Hotstar has sabotaged its own show with an early checkout. A significant chunk of the plot has been left out for Season 2, so audiences will have to wait till June.
What can be said about the show in totality is that it is a great move to adapting such a hit novel. The show finally starts to gain momentum with the fourth episode onwards. However, it ends abruptly then and then, keeping you curious and hanging. If we look at season one from the perspective of ‘not a remake’ and a ‘stand-alone,’ then the show is amazing. To summarize, to have a real ‘final verdict,’ we all have to wait till June for the second season. For the first season, we give The Night Manager 3 stars out of 5.
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